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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2016, 05:29:34 AM »
Ok, agreed, lets say I have insurance, and already have a spare SSD looking for a home.
Now, can a simple Clone HDD work?


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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2016, 05:54:45 AM »
I'd have thought popping the drive into a Linux box and duplicating it using dd would do the trick.
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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2016, 06:31:09 AM »
I'd have thought popping the drive into a Linux box and duplicating it using dd would do the trick.

Surely it means one must have a program or instruction that will copy everything incl hidden data?
Linux sounds like an probable solution.
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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2016, 06:37:57 AM »
^^^ that's what dd does..bit for bit duplication of the entire drive.  It can be saved to an image file and then written to another drive of same or larger size.
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Re: Can a DSTV pvr hard drive be used as an external?
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2016, 07:27:37 AM »
Surely it means one must have a program or instruction that will copy everything incl hidden data?
Linux sounds like an probable solution.
I am a light sleeper and I can hear this damn HDD even over the sound of the Air-con.

There are three partitions on the original drive. Two small ones and a large one where the recordings are stored. If you replicate the partition sizes with something like PartitionMagic on the new drive and copy all the data in each partition to new drive it will work. The large partition determines the recording time, so if you have a larger partition on the new drive, it will show more available recording time.
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